Honor society inducts 39 new students, faculty members

May 7, 2017 at midnight

Katherine Rocha, center, receives her Phi Kappa Phi membership certificate April 19 from Sandy Venneman, a UHV psychology and biology professor. Dmitri Sobolev, an associate professor of biology and president of the UHV chapter of the honor society, announced the inductees during the honor society's induction ceremony. Rocha is one of 39 new members and will serve as a student vice president in the UHV chapter.

Katherine Rocha, center, receives her Phi Kappa Phi membership certificate April 19 from Sandy Venneman, a UHV psychology and biology professor. Dmitri Sobolev, an associate professor of biology and president of the UHV chapter of the honor society, announced the inductees during the honor society's induction ceremony. Rocha is one of 39 new members and will serve as a student vice president in the UHV chapter.   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

The University of Houston-Victoria chapter of an international honor society recently welcomed 39 new members, its largest group inducted in the university's history.

The new members were invited to an induction ceremony April 19. Three faculty members and 13 students were able to attend, and those who couldn't were sent their membership certificates by mail.

The Phi Kappa Phi UHV chapter, which has been in existence since 1982, annually invites students who have demonstrated academic distinction in each of UHV's schools: Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development.

"Phi Kappa Phi is a selective honor society that provides a welcome boost to a student's resume," said Dmitri Sobolev, an associate professor of biology and president of the UHV chapter. "I applaud these students for earning a place among such an excellent group, and I wish them well as they continue to work toward success."

In addition to adding new members, UHV's Phi Kappa Phi chapter also passed the baton to a new group of officers. Officers are: president is Sobolev; vice president, Sandy Venneman, a psychology and biology professor and the previous group president; secretary, Jerry Hu, assistant professor of mathematics; publicity officer, Hsin-Hui Grace Lin, an assistant professor of education; and treasurer, Daniel White, assistant professor of biology. Two new members, Katherine Rocha, a psychology major, and Ashley Yaws, a psychology and history major, will serve as student vice presidents.

To be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi, students are required to complete 72 credit hours and rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class. Seniors and graduate students also must rank in the top 10 percent of the students in their school. Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to apply for a variety of grants and awards for further education and professional development.

The new inductees and their hometowns are:

Rosemary Thompson, Austin

Laura Rhiannon Bertsch, Bay City

Melanie Renee Giuffre, Bellville

Zachary Koenig, Cuero

Danielle Christa Lonis, Cuero

Jeffrey Todd Mosley, Cypress

Ashley M. Yaws, Edna

Regina M. Chovanec, Ganado

Chelsea Barnett, Goliad

Joy Remmers, Gonzales

Morgan Elaine Collier, Harker Heights

Joseph A. Giuffre, Prasanth Kumar Kodali, Kyndall Paige Krist, all of Houston

Stephanie Renee Kelley, Hsin-Hui Lin, Daniel Moore, Alma R Rodriguez, Shannon Shoemaker, Michael D. Wells, all of Katy

Kayla Sturm, Port Lavaca

Ashley R. Merwin, Richmond

Donna E. McMullen, Rosenberg

Chad Janak, Shiner

Maribeth L. Lagendyk, Spring

Jamie Stevens, Sugar Land

Amando Raul Cantu, Ethan L. Gross, Sarah M. Hammack, Manuela Salazar Harper, Desmond D. Johnson, Brittany Proctor, Katherine J. Rocha, Jarrod R. Rodriguez, Nichole Renae Trevino, Daniel W. White, all of Victoria

Karla N. Lara, Wallis

Victoria Pena, York

Vicki Samantha Niemeier, Yorktown

For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, email Lin at linh@uhv.edu.


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